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Wayang Gremeng

This a short version of performance traditional Wayang Gremeng. Wayang Gremeng is a traditional opera accompanied by muncung or a capella music. The form originated in Central Java. The formula of music and spoken words is adopted from local arts like the jemblung opera that thrives in the Banyumasan culture and in various places along Java’s northern shore. The language used is a mix of dialects from those different regions. The stories are based on the Mahabhrata. In every show, an offering of an array of food is placed on a table surrounded by the artists. The artists themselves consist of singers, some of them also double-function as wayang figures. The food can be eaten or used as a prop. The leading man in this community is a puppeteer named Ki Slamet Gundono.

This film is short version of performance tradition Wayang Gremeng filmed at Tegal, Central Java, Indonesia, as part of the 'On the Record: Indonesian Performance Tradition" series which features interview with the artists of performance tradition. This series consists of raw documentary footage of each region’s oral traditions, mostly in the local language/dialect. A few films have some narration in Indonesian. Lontar has documented 30 performances around Indonesia.

Publisher: Lontar Foundation

Place of Publication: Jakarta

Publisher URL: http://www.lontar.org

Created: 1999

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